Friday, May 11, 2012
Friday Freebie: Fires of Our Choosing by Eugene Cross, This Will Be Difficult to Explain by Johanna Skibsrud, and This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor
Congratulations to Jim Carmin, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel.
This week, in honor of Short Story Month, I've got three new books to give away to one winner: Fires of Our Choosing by Eugene Cross, This Will Be Difficult to Explain by Johanna Skibsrud, and This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor. Yes, you heard me right: three fantastic short story collections going to one lucky reader. Here are the summaries and critical praise for each of them:
Fiction Writers Review praised Skibsrud's collection by saying "This Will Be Difficult to Explain is a slim, lime-colored book with a picture of a lackadaisical girl on the cover. It holds nine stories in just one hundred and sixty-nine pages, but although the book feels light in the hand, the stories pack a concentrated, emotional punch. Throughout, the writing follows a particular kind of literary formula, a type of late-century naturalism mixed with minimalism, meaning the ingredients include unpretentious language, ordinary characters, and simple situations that, as the characters live through them, grow increasingly difficult."
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, was a novel dedicated to how the tiny mathematics of human lives can have enormous consequences. He is a writer much concerned with the minutiae of existence; minor events in human lives assume, in McGregor's fictional world, colossal scale."
If you'd like a chance at winning all three of these new books, all you have to do is answer this question (which this week is more of a poll than a trivia question):
What is your favorite short story or short story collection?
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Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. One entry per person, please. Please e-mail me the answer, rather than posting it in the comments section. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on May 17--at which time I'll draw the winning name. I'll announce the lucky reader on May 18. If you'd like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week Quivering Pen newsletter, simply add the words "Sign me up for the newsletter" in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).
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